Appalachian Trail

Hiking the Wildcat Ridge Trail, White Mountains, N.H.

One Photo, One Story: A Big Dayhike in the White Mountains

By Michael Lanza

We were less than three hours into a multi-generation, grueling, 20-mile, one-day hike over Wildcat Mountain and the length of Carter-Moriah Trail in New Hampshire’s White Mountains when I shot this slow-exposure photo of my 16-year-old nephew, Marco Garofalo, on the Wildcat Ridge Trail. Marco, his 18-year-old sister, Anna, my friend and frequent ultra-hiking companion Mark Fenton, and Mark’s 16-year-old daughter, Skye, set out early that morning to traverse in a day what’s normally a two- or three-day backpacking trip. Besides being a big distance, especially for the notoriously rugged Whites, this traverse involves some 7,200 feet of vertical gain, and stretches that are just insanely rocky and steep.

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Hiking Mount Adams.

One Photo, One Story: Dayhiking the Presidential Range

By Michael Lanza

We scramble up the blocky talus of 5,799-foot Mt. Adams, reaching the second-highest point in New Hampshire’s White Mountains at 6:45 a.m. Pausing just long enough for a few quick photos, we drop a knee-crunching, ankle-wrenching 700 vertical feet in a mile to Edmands Col, then regain that elevation in a half-mile climb to the top of Jefferson, at 5,716 feet.

My friend Mark Fenton and I are attempting what is arguably the archetypal huge dayhike, the “Death March” of New Hampshire’s Presidential Range. Walking north to south, we’ll cover 20 miles and about 8,500 feet of uphill, tagging all nine summits along the way, from Mt. Madison to Mt. Pierce, including the Northeast’s highest, 6,288-foot Mt. Washington.

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Gear Review: Zamberlan 230 SH Crosser Plus GTX RR

Zamberlan 230 SH Crosser Plus GTX RR
Zamberlan 230 SH Crosser Plus GTX RR

Lightweight Boots
Zamberlan 230 SH Crosser Plus GTX RR
$170, 2 lbs. (men’s US 9/Euro 43)
Sizes: US men’s 8-12, 13, 14, women’s 6-11
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Having hiked and backpacked all over America and the world, I’m convinced few places test a pair of boots—especially lightweight boots—like New Hampshire’s White Mountains. So to put these new mid-cuts through the ringer, I wore them on a recent 25-mile, overnight hut trip from Crawford Notch to Franconia Notch in the Whites—including one of the most rugged sections of the Appalachian Trail. And the Crosser Plus impressed me as highly supportive and tough for its weight.

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